UFC 237 happens May 11 in Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and many fresh bouts for this card have been shown in the last week. We knew the most important event is that a women’s UFC strawweight title fight between champion Rose Namajunas and challenger Jessica Andrade, but today we understand some of the undercard bouts too. They are listed below, along with my first thoughts.
Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier, UFC 237
An intriguing middleweight bout sees Anderson Silva take on Jared Cannonier. ESPN broke the news. Silva (34-9, 1 NC) is 17-5, 1 NC in the UFC and in his final battle missing a hard-fought decision to No. 1 rival Israel Adesanya. Cannonier (11-4) is 4-4 at the UFC and in his middleweight debut scored an upset KO win over David Branch. As good as Cannonier appeared at 185lbs and as bad as Silva has appeared in the previous five decades, I think Silva can win this battle. I’m expecting a close fight , and when for whatever reason Silva is an underdog I would seriously consider taking a shot .
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann, UFC 237
Light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Spann are set to clash. Combate revealed the news. Nogueira (23-8) is 6-5 from the UFC and in his final fight upset Sam Alvey via KO. Spann (15-5) is on a five-fight win streak for example a decision win over Luis Henrique in his UFC debut. Despite Rogerio’s triumph over Alvey, I think he’s fade material because of being 42-years old, and that I would have to prefer Spann to win this fight just based on him 27-years older.
Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana, UFC 237
A women’s bantamweight bout will visit Bethe Correia take on Irene Aldana. Combate broke the information. Correia (10-3-1) is 4-3-1 at the UFC but hasn’t fought because a brutal head kick KO loss to Holly Holm at June 2017. Aldana (9-4) is 2-2 in the UFC and has won backend choices over Lucie Pudilova and Talita Bernardo heading into this game. Correia has to be faded coming from a lengthy layoff, particularly against a technical striker like Aldana. I’m hoping for a close line here because of Correia’s fame, but I think Aldana by decision is the most-likely result of this particular bout.
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Talita Bernardo, UFC 237
Women’s flyweights Jessica-Rose Clark and Talita Bernardo will fulfill at this function. Combate broke the information. Clark (9-5, 1 NC) is 2-1 at the UFC but dropped a decision to Jessica Eye in her last bout. Bernardo (6-3) is currently 1-2 at the UFC and is coming from a decision win over Sarah Moras. This should be an aggressive bout but Clark is the proven and experienced fighter and should be marginally favored here.
Wu Yanan vs. Luana Carolina, UFC 237
And finally, flyweights Wu Yanan and Luana Carolina will battle. Agfight had the information. Yana (10-2) is 1-1 from the UFC for example a decision win over Lauren Mueller in her final outing. Carolina (5-1) has not dropped because her pro debut in 2015, also earned a UFC contract with a triumph on the Brazilian Contender Series. Both fighters are lacking in experience, but Carolina is your Brazilian fighting her home turf here and I’d assume she’d be a decent-sized favored at open.
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